For starters, the HS test was 20 points off what I have received on the WAIS-III. Not gonna say my scores because they are unimportant. First off the
HS test is not monitored, gives you plenty of time per question and frankly I think may be more for entertainment that anything. But then again I am a
person who dislikes IQ testing.
As I studied psychology I started learning to loathe IQ tests for several reasons.
First, you are trying to quantify something that is somewhat abstract and terribly diverse. IQ can come in many forms from the emotional IQ, social,
pattern recognition, cognitive ability blah blah blah.
Second, your sampling IMO isn’t near big enough. 2200 people with 200 per age band just doesn’t seem strong enough to me. Where were the samples
taken? Who was involved?
Third, I think it is a terrible idea to ever find out your scores. I think labeling yourself (PS…I am a master of the disastrous art of labeling) is
risky business. Let’s say we go with the WAIS-IV. Our Mean is 100. So you go in expecting to get 120 (example) and you come out with a 100. Well,
you are still average but now you run an emotional risk because you may feel less worthy.
On the other hand you go in expecting a 105 and wind up with a 136. Now you run the risk of ego.
Finally, as the lovely nixie mentioned, why are we so insistent on drawing lines? What about the unexplored genius? Why do we have to have a cutoff
based on a few scopes? You can be in MENSA but ONLY if you score the top 15%. It seems foolish. There are plenty of bright and terribly logical people
who may score only a 100 on something like the WAIS-IV.
Before anyone get’s all tied up in knots, no I didn’t get rejected from MENSA and am taking it out on testing. I have taken the test and am quite
happy with the meaningless result.
My wife is bright, clever and terribly smart. If you ask me she outweighs me in smarts but she has a disorder called dyscalculia (PS don’t worry
mods we talk about this openly)
Part of dyscalculia is issues with pattern recognition (a strongly-used indicator in IQ) so she could be viewed as lesser in the IQ department.
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